Upright Women Wanted
"That girl's got more wrong notions than a barn owl's got mean looks."
Esther is a stowaway. She's hidden herself away in the Librarian's book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her--a ...more
It's time for Esther to make an escape and she does so by hiding in a librarian's book wagon. She's spent her entire life pretending to be someone else in order to survive in a fascist society. Continuing the role as a librarian --- an upright ...more
Tor.com Publishing has developed quite a name for themselves when it comes to incredibly well-written, weird, and original science fiction and fantasy reads. And Sarah Gailey’s upcoming novella, Upright Women Wanted, is no exception!
Playing off the classic western genre, Gailey kicks up dust, sweeping the reader away to a world they won’t soon want to leave. A future, near-dystopian, world where the State controls everything from ...more
I was intrigued and entranced by this Western-inspired dystopian, which took the ...more
It’s kinda difficult to ...more
Esther journey was a fantastic one to follow - it was so great to watch her come into her own. We see her go on a journey - not just one of finding her strength but also one of accepting who she is and that there's more than out there for people like her than a tragic ending. It ...more
Esther was, she realized, nothing more than a hand of cards in a poker game between these three women. She was only a symbol. She wasn’t the thing they were playing for. And like a bad hand, she could be discarded at any moment.
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Upright Women Wanted continues Gailey's tradition of writing excellent stories threaded with incisive prose and extraordinary heart. This is a tale of identity, survival, and the importance of writing and telling stories about the lives and loves of queer people, especially during times like these when so many people live in hiding, afraid of living their truths. While I didn't feel like the novella format gave the main romance quite enough time to ...more
Gailey knocks it out of the park again, this time with Upright Women Wanted. Queer, gun wielding, horseback riding librarians, in a dystopian future, risking life and limb to deliver 'packages' on behalf of an underground resistance?? Oh hell yaaaaaas!
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I'm... not really sure how to describeUpright Women Wanted. In a way, it reminded me a bit ofThe Handmaid's Talebut with a Wild West flair, but that feels almost a disservice to this story because it's so much more.
Upright Women Wantedchallenges the heteronormative mindset. Here we have a world where women should "know their ...more
I loved the characters, the setting, the Librarians, the drama, all of it. I could read 500 more pages of this story, but I also kind of love that it is short and just a glimpse of a bigger story.
I loved Esther immediately. She is broken and scared and quite naive. But she knows she has to do something, make some change for herself. Even if at first it might be for misguided reasons, it kind of shows that ...more
It took me a little while — probably longer than it should, I can be obtuse — to realise that the story is set in a near-future dystopian society rather than the historical ‘wild west’.
The sense of place is that well written. For most of the story we’re on the road, travelling in an unforgiving landscape with a few brief ...more
If that doesn't sell you on this book, nothing else I say will.
This novella was delightful and almost everything I thought and hoped it would be. I do wish the spy element was emphasized a little bit more, but as with many stories with this high concept, what I really loved were all the characters. Esther and Cye were wonderful, and I loved their ending.
I really hope there's a second one, as I need more about their adventures, and this ...more
I loved Sarah Gailey’s American Hippo books, so I keep picking up her other work and expecting better than what I end up getting.
While this is a far better book than Magic for Liars in terms of narrative quality, it suffers from the same problem of being far, far better in concept than in execution.
Parts of this are cute and charming, but mostly the whole thing feels flat. Add in a protagonist who ...more
I read an advance copy of this book and LOVED it. I’m not saying that every line is quoteable. Some excellent words are devoted to world building and plot and such. But...some lines are truly great and I can’t share them yet because spoilers.
Upright Women Wanted was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and it did not disappoint. Gailey's prose is open and engaging, the characters possess a warmth and depth that makes you immediately root for them, even when they are flawed or acting in a less than likeable way. The novella is set in a weird west which we later learn is a post-collapse totalitarian patriarchy. The boys go off to war. The girls go to be good ...more
How to like the person who she was instead of fighting it.”